The Department of Chemistry has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the professional training of chemists at the undergraduate level.
Major: A minimum of 10 course credits in Chemistry (9 courses if CHE 161 is taken), which include the following: CHE 121, 122, 202, 225, 323, 324, 326, 327, and two additional courses at the 300 level, excluding 380; mathematics through MAT 122 (Calculus of Several Variables); and either PHY 111, 112, and 114 (General Physics I, II, and Laboratory) or, with permission of the Department, PHY 101, 102, and 114 (Introductory Physics I, II, and Laboratory).
ACS Certification: A minimum of 12 course credits in Chemistry (11 courses if CHE 161 is taken), which must include CHE 121, 122, 202, 225, 323, 324, 326, 327, 333, 334, 335, one additional course at the 300 level, excluding 380, and a major research experience. Also required are PHY 111, 112, and 114; and mathematics through MAT 221 (Linear Algebra). Students seeking certification should confer with the Department chair to make certain that they will satisfy all the requirements.
Teaching Major: The same program as specified for the non-teaching major. In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
Minor: A minimum of five course credits in Chemistry, excluding 280 and 380, which include CHE 202 and at least three additional courses numbered 200 or higher.
Concentration: Students should consult with the Department concerning major programs which lead to graduate work in chemistry, chemical physics, biochemistry, and medicine, or to industrial employment.
Note: The Summer Research Program of the Department of Chemistry provides an opportunity to spend a summer at Cornell College working on a research project with a member of the Chemistry faculty. Interested students should consult a faculty member in the Department.
103. Investigations in Chemistry
Hands-on investigation of selected topics in chemistry with an emphasis on contemporary topics with practical, real-world applications. Topics vary each term. Intended for non-science majors. (Laboratory Science)
108. Topics in Chemistry
Selected topics in chemistry with an emphasis on contemporary topics with practical, real-world applications. Topics vary each term. See Topics Courses. Intended for non-science majors. (Science)
111. Chemistry in the Natural World
Basic concepts of chemistry and their implications for a technological society. Emphasis on qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemistry as they apply to topics of importance today. Intended for non-science majors. No previous study of chemistry required. (Laboratory Science)
121. Chemical Principles I
Fundamental concepts of chemistry, mole concept, energy, theories of the atom and the chemical bond, and molecular geometry. (Laboratory Science)
122. Chemical Principles II
Rates of chemical reactions, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and an introduction to thermodynamics. Reactions and properties of selected elements and their compounds. Prerequisite: CHE 121. (Laboratory Science)
161. Accelerated General Chemistry
Fundamental concepts of chemistry: atomic theory, quantum theory, bonding, states of matter, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics. The course is designed for students who have a good understanding of atoms, molecules, and mole calculations. This course is the equivalent of CHE 121 and 122. Credit may be given for either 161 or 121-122, but not both. Prerequisite: placement exam or permission of instructor. (Laboratory Science)
225. Organic Chemistry I Lecture
Chemistry of carbon compounds. Determination of molecular constitution and configuration and the chemistry of common functional groups. Prerequisite: CHE 122 or 161. (Science) AULT, CARDON, LIBERKO, or NOWAK-THOMPSON
323. Physical Chemistry I
Concepts of physical chemistry, including the kinetic-molecular theory of gases, atomic and molecular structure and energetics, and an introduction to classical and statistical thermodynamics. Prerequisites: CHE 122 or 161, and MAT 122. Recommended prerequisite: PHY 114. (Laboratory Science) TEAGUE
324. Physical Chemistry II
Thermodynamics, descriptions of systems of equilibria, molecular spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, quantum mechanics, and rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Prerequisites: CHE 323 and PHY 114. (Laboratory Science) TEAGUE
327. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Practical laboratory aspects of organic chemistry. Isolation and purification of substances; one-step transformations of substances; and, possibly, synthesis projects. Prerequisite: CHE 326. (Laboratory Science) AULT, CARDON, LIBERKO, or NOWAK-THOMPSON
Cellular metabolism, including the oxidative degradation and biosynthesis of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The approach is primarily mechanistic with a quantitative discussion of kinetics, free-energy changes, and the electrochemistry of electron transport chains. Prerequisites: CHE 202, 234 (or BIO 205) and CHE 327. (Laboratory Science) CARDON or NOWAK-THOMPSON
335. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Properties of inorganic compounds with emphasis on theories of bonding and the chemistry of coordination compounds. Prerequisites: CHE 323 and 327. Not offered every year. (Laboratory Science) STRONG
485. Chemical Research
Research in selected areas of chemistry. Prerequisite: a 300-level course in Chemistry or permission of instructor.
511. Extended Research in Chemistry (1/4)
Reading coupled with research on a specialized topic. This adjunct course must be taken over four successive terms. Prerequisites: departmental gpa of 3.0 or higher, prior completion of one course in the Department at or above the 200 level, and permission of instructor. (CR)
512. Reading and Conversation in Chemistry (1/4)
Reading and discussion of current articles, historical texts, or general interest books about chemistry. Readings are selected in consultation with the participating students. Course meets weekly for one semester. (CR)
963. Oak Ridge Science Semester: see Cornell-Approved Domestic Off-Campus Programs.